Police are investigating after Alec Baldwin’s prop gun, which he used to shoot a Western movie, accidentally killed the cinematographer while starring in it and also injured the director.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Officials said that Halyna Hutchins (cinematographer for the movie “Rust”) and Joel Souza, director, were photographed Thursday in Santa Fe’s desert outskirts.
Hutchins (42 years old) was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she was declared dead by medical personnel.
Souza, 48, was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center where he is currently receiving treatment for his injuries.
The film was stopped from production.
Baldwin spokesperson said that there was an accident at the set, involving the misfired prop gun with blanks. However, a charge sans a metal projectile would not be likely to kill at a moderate range.
According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, Baldwin was seen in tears outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday. However, attempts to get comments from him were unsuccessful.
According to the International Cinematographers Guild, Hutchins was a cinematographer.
“The details are not clear at the moment, but it is something we are trying to learn about and we support an investigation into this tragic incident,” said John Lindley, president of the guild, and Rebecca Rhine, executive director, in a statement.
Hutchins is a 2015 American Film Institute graduate who was the director of photography for the 2020 action film “Archenemy” starring Joe Manganiello. American Cinematographer named her a “rising star”, in 2019.
“I feel so sorry for Halyna. Adam Egypt Mortimer, director of Archenemy, tweeted that he was “so sad” about losing Halyna. “She was a talented talent, who was completely committed to film and art.”
Manganiello, a film colleague, called her an “incredible talent” and a “great person” via his Instagram account. He stated that he was fortunate to have worked alongside Hutchins.
Baldwin worked previously as a producer with Souza on “Crown Vic,” a 2019 film that starred Thomas Jane, a veteran Los Angeles cop on a hunt for two bank robbers. His first film credit, “Hanna’s Gold”, was a treasure hunting adventure starring Luke Perry.
Juan Rios, sheriff’s spokesperson, said that deputies arrived at Bonanza Creek Ranch around 2 p.m. to respond to 911 calls about a person being shot. It has been featured in numerous films, including the latest Tom Hanks Western “News of the World”.
Rios stated that detectives are investigating the type and manner in which the projectile was released.
Rios stated in a statement that “this investigation remains open” and “active”. Rios stated that no charges have been brought against anyone in connection with this incident. Detectives are still interviewing witnesses.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, filming for “Rust,” will continue through November.
According to the Internet Movie Database website, the movie centers on a 13-year old boy who must care for his younger brother and himself after the deaths of their parents in Kansas in the 1880s. After being sentenced for the murder of a local rancher, the teen runs away with Baldwin’s grandfather.
Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was killed by a.44 caliber slug in 1993 while filming a scene for “The Crow”. An autopsy revealed that a bullet had been lodged near his spine.
Shannon, Lee’s sister, ran a Twitter account that said: “Our hearts go to the family Halyna Hutchins as well as Joel Souza and all those involved in the incident at Rust. No one should ever die from a gun on a set.” “Permanent.”
Jon-Erik Hexum, an actor who was pretending to play Russian Roulette with a.44 Magnum while shooting himself in the head using a blank prop gun blank, died on the set for the television series Cover Up.